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<ul><li><p>skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic skeptical anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic atheism agnostic theism apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism ignosticism strong agnosticism weak agnosticism empirical agnosticism temporal agnosticism permanent agnosticism secular humanism secularity anti-clericalism post-theism secularity nonreligious unspiritual skepticism secular humanism atheism nontheism agnosticism ignosticism antireligion skepticism freethought antitheism apatheism non-believer irreligion agnostic skepticalAgnostic AtheismBy Eric Teske</p></li><li><p>Classification and ScopeIrreligion an absence of, indifference towards, or hostility towards religionAtheismNontheismAgnosticismIgnosticismAntireligionSkepticismApatheismFreethoughtAntitheismNon-believerSecular humanismTheological noncognitivism</p></li><li><p>Philosophical ViewpointTheism and atheism are positions of belief (or lack thereof) regarding the existence of deities.</p><p>Gnosticism and agnosticism are positions of knowledge (or the lack thereof) regarding the Truth value of certain claims as knowable or unknowable.</p></li><li><p>Differences in AffirmationA negative atheist merely lacks a belief in gods. He is also called a weak atheist or an implicit atheist.</p><p>A positive atheist not only lacks a belief in gods, but also affirms that no gods exist. He is also called a strong atheist or an explicit atheist.</p><p>Source: http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6487</p></li><li><p>Differences in KnowledgeA gnostic atheist not only believes there are no gods, he also claims to know there are no gods.</p><p>An agnostic atheist doesnt believe in gods, but doesnt claim to know there are no gods.</p><p>Source: http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6487</p></li><li><p>Philosophical ViewpointAgnosticism describes the epistemological process leading to my atheist beliefs.</p><p>I am an agnostic atheist because the existence of a deity that is inherently faith-based is un-testable and therefore unknowable. Because it is unknowable or unknown, I do not assert that gods could not exist.</p><p>Humans can only experience the natural world, and the natural world can be explained by science. The defining feature of any deity must be supernatural, and therefore exists outside the observable reality.</p><p>Agnosticism is not a creed but a method, the essence of which lies in the vigorous application of a single principle... do not pretend conclusions are certain that are not demonstrated or demonstrable. - Thomas Henry Huxley</p></li><li><p>Philosophical ViewpointSkepticism Asserts that true knowledge or certainty in a particular area is impossible.A method of obtaining knowledge through systematic doubt and continual testing.A method of intellectual caution and suspended judgment.Beliefs based on probabilities derived from empirical evidence no emotional preference.</p></li><li><p>Dawkins FormulationDawkins, Richard (2006). The God Delusion. Bantam Books. pp.p. 50. ISBN 0-618-68000-4.</p><p>LabelProbability that God existsSummary statementsStrong theist100%In the words of C.G. Jung, I do not believe, I know.TheistVery high probability but short of 100%I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.AgnosticHigher than 50% but not very highTechnically agnostic but leaning towards theism. I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.Impartial agnosticExactly 50%Gods existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.AgnosticLower than 50% but not very lowTechnically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. I do not know whether God exists but Im inclined to be skeptical.AtheistVery low probability but short of 0%I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.Strong atheist0%'I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung "knows" there is one.'</p></li><li><p>Myths and Misconceptions</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyth: Atheists worship the devil.</p><p>In fact, this couldnt be further from the truth. Atheists dont even acknowledge the devils existence so they certainly dont worship him. </p><p>Could atheists be doing the devils work without knowing it? Its possible, but there is no empirical evidence supporting this.</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyth: Atheists believe they will be reincarnated as a tree and join the life force of the Earth.</p><p>There are a lot of mystical assumptions here. It is unnecessary to assign the Earth any magical powers beyond the laws of physics. Our atoms will be recycled, but reincarnation implies the persistence of a soul which hasnt been demonstrated to exist.</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyth: Atheists believe that life is meaningless.</p><p>On the contrary, because I dont believe in an afterlife, the life I am living is very precious and important. All the more reason to live life to the fullest! </p><p>Life is imbued with meaning by being really and fully lived. Sam Harris</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyths: Atheists are closed-minded.</p><p>As a skeptic, I dont get emotionally attached to an argument. If evidence contradicts my beliefs, then my beliefs are easily changed. Anything is possible, but not everything is equally probable. </p><p>Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence Carl Sagan</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyth: Atheists are closed to spiritual experience.</p><p>There is nothing that prevents an atheist from experiencing love, ecstasy, rapture and awe. I get inspired by contemplating our place in the universe and the meaning of life just like anyone else.</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyth: Atheists are arrogant.</p><p>When talking about science, there is an unspoken uncertainty in any result. Without this understanding, we come off sounding like dismissive authorities. </p><p>[Based on my knowledge, understanding, and interpretation of the prevailing evidence, and with the general consensus of the scientific community, it seems reasonable to conclude that] the Earth is round.</p><p>These contentions are rarely put forth as absolute Truth, but can be considered reasonably certain.</p></li><li><p>Myths and MisconceptionsMyth: Atheism provides no basis for morality.</p><p>Morality is a social construction based on principles that are mutually beneficial to all humans working and living together. (Some of which have been demonstrated in social animals)</p><p>Whatever is good in scripture like the golden rule can be valued for its ethical wisdom without our believing that it was handed down to us by the creator of the universe. Sam Harrishttp://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/10-myths-and-10-truths-about-atheism1/</p></li><li><p>Questions?FSM 2005 Bobby Henderson</p></li><li><p>Additional ResourcesRichard Dawkins viewpoints expressed neatly in a short interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxHsfbhCplI</p><p>Russell's teapot (Reductio ad absurdum)</p><p>The Skeptics Society (skeptic.com)</p><p>American Atheists (atheists.org)</p><p>The Skeptics Annotated Bible (and Koran) http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/</p></li></ul>